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Convocation to Run Sunday to Thursday

Lee University’s fall Convocation, a time of spiritual renewal and community worship for students, faculty, and staff, will begin Sunday, Sept. 15, with a message from Lee University’s president, Dr. Paul Conn. Services will conclude Thursday morning with singer and songwriter Christy Nockels.

“Convocation is one of the most important aspects of the Lee University experience,” said Rob Fultz, Lee’s campus pastor. “It centers our hearts and minds, helping us move toward a common goal and common vision.”

Kevin McGlamery
Kevin McGlamery

Lee alumnus Kevin McGlamery, lead pastor of Life Church in Huntsville, Alabama, will speak on Monday evening. Prior to Life Church, McGlamery served as the lead pastor of the Lake Erie Church of God in Perry, Ohio, as the student pastor at the Dalton Church of God, and as the student pastor at North Cleveland Church of God in Cleveland. He has spoken at numerous camp meetings, youth camps, conferences, and special services. He received his Master of Arts in youth and family ministry from Lee University.

Services will continue Tuesday morning with Kay Warren in the Conn Center and Dr. Justin Walker in the Dixon Center.

Kay Warren
Kay Warren

Warren, co-founder of Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, California, is an international speaker, best-selling author, and Bible teacher. She is best known for being an advocate for those living with mental illness, HIV&AIDS, and the orphaned and vulnerable children left behind. She is the author of several books including “Sacred Privilege: Your Life and Ministry as a Pastor's Wife” and “Choose Joy: Because Happiness Isn’t Enough.”

Walker, also a Lee alumnus, joined Lee’s School of Religion faculty this fall as an assistant professor of Christian ministries and Old Testament. Prior to Lee, he taught at Columbia Theological Seminary, Candler School of Theology, Emory University, Richmont Graduate University, Georgia Christian University, Kennesaw State University, and Emory College. He has been published in the Ugarit-Forschungen Journal and has presented at the Society of Biblical Literature Annual Meeting. He earned his Doctor of Philosophy from Emory University.

Eliezer Bonilla

On Tuesday night, Eliezer Bonilla will share the message. Bonilla leads the multi-site Abundant Life Church of God with his wife Dorcas Bonilla in San Antonio, Texas. They are both graduates of Lee University. Eliezer Bonilla holds a Master of Divinity in cross-cultural studies. He serves in numerous national leadership positions and has written several books including “Conquest” and “Family Altar.” The Bonillas have had the opportunity to travel extensively, ministering in the Caribbean, Europe, Latin America, and across the United States.

Fultz will speak Wednesday evening. He is a 2001 Lee alumnus and, in the fall of 2018, he joined the Lee University administration. Prior to Lee, Fultz served as the lead campus pastor for Saddleback Church in Corona, California, and was the executive pastor at the Irvine Saddleback campus. Fultz and his wife, Dana, have two sons Caleb and Ethan.

Christy Nockels

Convocation will conclude with a morning of worship on Thursday, Sept. 19, with Christy Nockels in the Conn Center. Nockels has been a worship leader for over 25 years, as well as a founding member of the Passion City Church. She has received several “Female Vocalist of the Year” nominations for her music and traveled worldwide for several years with the Passion Conference before she and her family felt called to return to Tennessee.

Weeknight services begin at 7:30 p.m. and morning services at 10:40 a.m. Overflow seating will be available in the Dixon Center. These services will have live worship, followed by a video feed of the sermon.

Lee encourages all students and guests to come out and participate in this semester’s Convocation. For those wishing to view online, services will be available for live stream viewing.

For more information about this and other chapel events, contact the Campus Ministry office at (423) 614-8420.
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